Arts and Crafts/Rodel Dining Room Table

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 08-28-2008 03:51 AM 5880 views 40 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dining room table that I recently finished, built of elm that was planted in Walla Walla by the first pioneers in 1840. I call it ‘guilt free old growth’. It’s all twice-quartersawn, and just magnificent, wood-wise.

The table was patterned after a desk originally designed by Kevin Rodel, a famous Arts and Crafts author and contemporary furnituremaker. He called the piece I patterned mine off of as his ‘Taliesen Desk’.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 03:56 AM

this is really beautiful!!! Welcome to LJ’s!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 04:12 AM

This is a very nice table. I like it. Magnificent wood wise and craftmanship wise. Well done. Welcome to LJ’s!

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 04:15 AM

Nice work. It looks a lot like the Rodel table on page 17 of the Taunton publication “In the Craftsman Style”. I made a facsimile of the Rodel book case in that same picture several years ago. I really like the style. The craftsmanship looks superb.

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 04:55 AM

Very nice looking table and well executed. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 05:35 AM

Welcome to LJs…!
Great job. Superbly built executive desk. I like Kevin Rodel’s contemporary furniture designs very much.
Thanks for sharing.
Take care and work safe.

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 06:35 AM

Nice looking table, good job

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 06:37 AM

Exquisite detail and design! You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 08:44 AM

Beautiful lines, an elegance with simplicity.

Welcome aboard, you will enjoy it here

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 12:36 PM

Great looking table. Kevin Rodel builds some incredible pieces & you have done him well!


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#10 posted 08-28-2008 01:45 PM

Love the table but where did you buy that Windsor chair?!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#11 posted 08-28-2008 04:21 PM

Chuck, what a terrific table – the design is very appealing and the execution looks to be right up there too.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#12 posted 08-28-2008 08:13 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 08-28-2008 10:08 PM

Absolutely beautiful. What is the darker part at the top of the legs?

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#14 posted 08-28-2008 10:23 PM

very niice I really like the design and shape of this table .It will still be beautiful in 200 years time not like the modern ikea rubbish that will befit for the bin in less than ten. Talking of ten call it ten out of ten for preformance and looks.kindest regards Alistair

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#15 posted 08-28-2008 10:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

The darker part on the legs is a walnut inlay.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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